You may have seen the recent special on TV about Monkey Babies in which Debby and Richard were featured. She has also been in the news quite a bit concerning Richard her "service monkey" who goes into restaurants and sits in high chairs and also helps her drive a car by turning on the signals so she knows when to turn. (Yes, she even said that in court and it is in the court records.)
Judge rules monkey isn't a service animal
by Kristin Nelson, KY3 News
Story Published: Oct 22, 2009 at 10:24 PM CDT
SPRINGFIELD -- Debby Rose sued the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, CoxHealth Systems and Wal-Mart in 2006 for refusing to recognize her monkey as a service animal. A federal judge ruled against Rose and went as far as to say she didn't need a service animal at all, rejecting her claim that she even has a disability.
"I'm devastated, I'm devastated," said Rose.
Rose doesn't understand why the judge denied her well dressed, well groomed and well behaved Bonnet Macaque monkey, Richard, as a service animal.
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And taken directly from Court Document
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
DEBBY ROSE, )
v. ) Case No. 6:08-CV-03292-RED
SPRINGFIELD-GREENE COUNTY )
HEALTH DEPARTMENT, )
COX HEALTH SYSTEMS, and )
WAL-MART SUPERCENTER, )
Plaintiff’s physician stated during his deposition that his agoraphobia diagnosis was primarily based upon Plaintiff’s own subjective complaints. When asked what symptoms Plaintiff displayed that led him to believe Plaintiff had agoraphobia, Plaintiff’s physician stated “once again, she – she – she told me symptoms. She didn’t display anything.”
Though Plaintiff often cites to her physician’s testimony as support that her monkey is a service animal, her doctor actually testified that he has no experience with service animals, does not know the definition of service animal, and is unable to state whether the monkey would qualify under the ADA.
And yet this same doctor gave her a "Doctor's Note" that she then used to demand Public Access Rights. This is why people who claim they have a note/prescription from their doctor as their sole source of documentation may be in for some trouble if they ever have to prove their animal's status as a service animal.
If you watch the video the newscaster is saying that the State says that Richard must be in the car for Debby to drive. And that is based on .... her having a Doctor's Note.
All three newspeople are clueless - their conclusion is that now Richard is not considered a service animal in Debby's home county but is okay in other counties. Wrong, the decision was handed down by a Federal judge.
Also in the video she shows a card stating that Richard is a service animal. That card was issued by SARA
, the Internet organization that would send anyone a card for $$ and the owner stating that they believe their animal fit the guidelines to be a service animal. Certification was done sight unseen.
These articles are showing the trend of abuse that is having a huge impact on the Service Dog community and that is why I have posted them here. This is why there has been such a clamor to the DOJ to come out and redefine service aniamls and their tasks.